The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned infielder Josh Harrison to Triple-A Indianapolis and will recall shortstop Chase d’Arnaud for Friday’s game with the Boston Red Sox.
Harrison who has added some jump to the Pirates lineup, has been a regular at third base with Pedro Alvarez sidelined. The 23 year old is hitting .283 with 0 home runs and 4 RBI’s.
Harrison has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games and was 1-for-4 with a run scored in yesterday’s 5-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles.
The callup of d’Arnaud is very interesting.
He has the ability to play third base but the team is starting to lose their patience again with Ronny Cedeno, at least at the plate.
The Pirates though have been very pleased with Cedeno’s ability in the field this season.
d’Arnaud is hitting .280 with 4 home runs and 33 RBI’s in 62 games with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has ability on the basepads and has stolen 17 bases this season.
He is batting .233 in his last 10 games with 0 home runs.
The reason Harrison was sent down over others is because he has options and wouldn’t have to clear waivers. Still, sending Harrison down arguably weakens the team.